Hogue Cellars Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley 2008
During the grape growing season, Eastern Washington boasts warm summer days followed by cool nights, ensuring that grapes ripen fully while retaining ample natural acidity. We let our Gewrztraminer attain a high level of ripeness before picking. The resultant wine has aromas of lychee and rose petal. The rich palate is medium-bodied, with lychee, true varietal flavors and a spiciness characteristic of Gewurztraminer.The winemakers suggest pairing the wine with Thai curries or dishes with a sweet peanut sauce.
THE HOGUE CELLARS™, founded in 1982 by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premiere grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of food.
A very pleasant sipping wine, with the typical lychee on the nose, and a comfortable sweetness on the palate.
External Reviews for Hogue Cellars Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley
Soft, slightly sweet and crisply balanced to show off its rose petal-tinged grapefruit and lychee flavors. A fine wine for sipping on its own. Drink now.
This is off-dry, roughly 2% residual sugar, and it nicely balances the sugar and the acids, using the floral and spicy character of the grape to fill out the middle. It's a pretty wine, fruity with peach, melon and grapefruit.
This is off-dry, roughly 2% residual sugar, and the sweetness is quite evident. It's rather fleshy for a Gewürzt, with honeysuckle, melon and peach fruit. There is a nice spiciness to the aromas as well, and it carries into the midpalate, lending a welcome streak of licorice.
Light and fragrant, this is deftly balanced to slide a mild undertow of sweetness under delicately articulated grapefruit, apricot and rose petal flavors. Drink now through 2010.
Very fine, full and fruity, this is a remarkably flavorful wine. It captures just a hint of the floral/soapy side of the grape, but brings in delicious fruit flavors of peach and pear and melon and more, a luscious mix that continues to resonate right on through a powerful finish. It's just slightly off-dry, but not really sweet.
This is an off-dry, fruity style, bringing luscious pear, orange, golden apple and citrus flavors to the front. There's a hint of orange marmalade, and it has good weight and concentration, along with lovely purity of flavor, right through the finish. You'll be reaching for that next glass before you know it.
Sweet, but balanced with enough acidity to give the rose petal-scented grapefruit and pear flavors some zip. Drink now.